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Renaissance Summer Lecture

Professor Neil Kenny (All Souls, Oxford) ‘Keeping it in the family: Renaissance writing dynasties?’

Kingsley and Martin Amis were not the first. In the Renaissance, a remarkable number of writers (and scholars) belonged to a family double act – most often father and son, or brother and brother, but sometimes father and daughter, or mother and daughter. While this talk will evoke examples from across Europe, its main examples will be from France, including its best-selling poet Clément Marot (and his father Jean), Catherine des Roches (and her mother Madeleine), and others. The approach will not just be sociological, but literary: how did the literature produced within these families actually represent the relation between social status and family inheritance?

The 2015 Summer Lecture took place during Birkbeck Arts Week on Wednesday 20 May 2015. It was held in Birkbeck’s School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

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